Conservation Scientists (19-1031)

Occupation description:  Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering. Excludes Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists (19-1023) and Foresters (19-1032).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 207218 5.31 910
United States 21,10022,500 6.9140 9201,060

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 31.3117.9222.60 29.7237.5646.14
Alaska 43.7026.6231.73 43.6053.0261.27
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 42.5124.0328.35 43.4254.8163.02
Southeast Region 51.4838.4643.47 52.4258.2377.06
Balance of State 40.5728.0331.78 41.8847.0151.04

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
6912 17.457.9 45.6
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation11
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation3
UI claimants previously working in occupation1
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 180
Number of job position postings 46
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 3.9

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

Alaska Geographic   (Anchorage)
Alaska Geographic Field Courses

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Defensible Space & Forestry

University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Sustainable Energy OEC

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Wildlife Biol & Conservation Bac
Wildlife Biol & Conservation Mas
Wildlife Biol & Conservation PhD

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Sustainable Energy OEC

University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Renewable Resources AAS

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Interior Alaska   (Fairbanks)
Renewable Resources AAS
Sustainable Energy OEC

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Geography & Environ Resources Bac

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Wildlife/Forestry Conservation